Making tools is a critical part of your to-do list as a manufacturer. After all, this will affect the outcome of your finished product. So it is easy to understand why this process needs to be done properly to get a great result.
The process of crafting a tool begins with a product design. Often, the easiest thing to do is give your product design to a mold engineering company. Having their expertise and input will make the tool design process easier. Plus, it will help you avoid the extra costs of cutting tools that won’t give you the perfect product. After all, one good tool can cost thousands of dollars.
After hiring an engineer, you will need to know the quantity of product you need. This can help your engineer to choose a product tool volume category. The options are low-volume tools that you can use up to about 10,000 times; medium-volume tools that can produce up to about 150,000 parts; and high-volume tools that can craft up to 1 million products.
Hard or soft is often something your tools and services professionals will ask you, referring to durability. The quantity of items you will produce determines if you need a hard, durable tool or a soft, temporary tool.
Before your tool is made, you will be given a parting line, ejector placement, gate location (PEG) tool design. It is your job to scrutinize this. Since you designed the finished product, you should know where everything goes. Make sure everything on the PEG matches your idea, and ask any last questions you have. Once you approve the PEG, the company will cut your tool.
A high-quality product is made from a well-planned tool. That said, this is not an easy task to perform properly. For starters, you have to choose from a plethora of options, such as hard or soft. On top of that, you will need to know all the details about your product before your tool is cut. Fortunately, this guide should help you get through this process easily.